Land and buildings in a city or town held in tenure of a lord for service or rent. Sometimes it is known as 'burgage tenure'. The Latin term is burgagium; this was also used of a "tenement within a borough. [< OldEngl. burh = borough]

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  • Burgage — is a medieval land term used in England and Scotland, well established by the 13th century. A burgage was a town ( borough ) rental property (to use modern terms), owned by a king or lord. The property ( burgage tenement ) usually, and distinctly …   Wikipedia

  • Burgage — Burg age, n. [From {Burg}: cf. F. bourgage, LL. burgagium.] (Eng. Law) A tenure by which houses or lands are held of the king or other lord of a borough or city; at a certain yearly rent, or by services relating to trade or handicraft. Burrill.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burgage — [bʉr′gij] n. [ME < OFr bourgage < ML burgagium < LL burgus, castle, fortress < Gmc * burgs: see BOROUGH] a former system of land or property tenure in towns, specif., in England, from an overlord for a yearly rental and, in Scotland,… …   English World dictionary

  • burgage — /berr gij/, n. Law. 1. (in England) a tenure whereby burgesses or townspeople held lands or tenements of the king or other lord, usually for a fixed money rent. 2. (in Scotland) tenure directly from the crown of property in royal burghs in return …   Universalium

  • Burgage — ♦ A unit of property in a borough, generally comprising a house but not much appurtenant land, held for a money rent and according to the more or less standard rules of burgage tenure. (Reynolds, Susan. An Introduction to the History of English… …   Medieval glossary

  • burgage — noun Etymology: Middle English, property held by burgage tenure, from Anglo French, from burc, borg town more at bourg Date: 15th century a tenure by which real property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord for a yearly rent… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • burgage — bur•gage [[t]ˈbɜr gɪdʒ[/t]] n. law (formerly, in England) tenure of crown or feudal property for a fixed rent or the service of guardianship • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME borgage < AF borgage, burgage; see burgh, age …   From formal English to slang

  • burgage — noun a medieval tenure in socage under which property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord of a town, and was maintained for a yearly rent or for rendering an inferior service (not knights service) such as watching and… …   Wiktionary

  • burgage — [ bə:gɪdʒ] noun historical (in England and Scotland) tenure of land in a town held in return for service or annual rent. Origin ME: from med. L. burgagium, from burgus fortified town , of Gmc origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • burgage — bur·gage …   English syllables

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